WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 19, 2017) — The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has selected journalism educator Ron Thomas as the recipient of the 2017 NABJ Legacy Award.
The award is presented annually to a black print, broadcast, digital or photo journalist of extraordinary accomplishment who has broken barriers and blazed trails.
For the past decade, Thomas has lead the Journalism and Sports Program at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Before joining the faculty, he had a distinguished 34-year career as a sports reporter and copy editor at several major newspapers across the nation.
“I am totally thrilled,” Thomas said about being named the Legacy Award recipient. “I thought if I could get a (Sam Lacy Sports) Pioneer Award that would be my legacy. This is like my personal Pulitzer Award.”
When he started at Morehouse, there were very few programs with a dual emphasis on journalism and sports. In addition to sports coverage, his students study, cover and report on a variety of critical issues, such as the recent presidential election.
Thomas has consulted on documentaries and books about black sports figures, and he authored “They Cleared the Lane: The NBA’s Black Pioneers” about the integration of professional basketball.
“Ron Thomas is a perfect combination of reporter, copy editor, educator and mentor. Through his work, has taken years of experience and shares it with the students at Morehouse and beyond,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover.
Thomas will be honored at NABJ’s Annual Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans on Aug. 9-13. Register for the #NABJ17 Convention here.
About the National Association of Black Journalists: An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For additional information, please visit www.nabj.org.